In Brief, December 2010



• Chevrolet Europe has become the first manufacturer to test a Global Race Engine on the track. Its new 1.6-litre turbo unit, built by factory Chevy squad RML, completed more than 600 miles at Jerez in early October.

• Opel has revealed that it is considering a return to the DTM, five years on from its withdrawal from the German-based touring car series in 2005. It is evaluating its future motorsport plans and has confirmed that a DTM entry when new rules come into force in 2012 is among its options.

• Volvo will join the World Touring Car Championship full-time for next season. The Swedish Polestar squad, which has masterminded its Scandinavian campaigns and sporadic WTCC appearances, will field a solo C30 for team regular Robert Dahlgren.

• The British round of the WTCC will move from Brands Hatch to Donington Park next year. Brands has hosted the UK WTCC event since 2006.

• The new AMG-developed Mercedes-Benz SLS GT3 contender made its race debut in a VLN long-distance race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in September. Bernd Schneider and Thomas Jager drove the first race car, but a collision meant a low finish. Customer cars will be available for next season.

• The Bucharest street race will return to the international calendar after an absence of two years. The 1.9-mile circuit around the parliament building in the Romanian capital, which hosted FIA GTs and British Formula 3 in 2007-08, will hold a round of the one-make Auto GP single-seater series next July.

• Jochen Rindt and the Type 72 will be celebrated at the Racing Lotus Film Festival taking place at Eynsham Hall, near Witney, on November 13/14. GP driver John Miles, ex-racing manager Dick Scammell and mechanic Bob Dance will be special guests. For tickets, go to